Monday, January 31, 2022

Upcycle Fry Pan DIY

Hi everybody! Welcome! It's the first Tuesday of the month and time for our Sustainable Pinterest Challenge  hosted by Julie @ Sum of Their Stories!   

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all of us to create a project that a) is inspired by a pin on one of our Pinterest boards and b) have some sort of a sustainable element to it. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc. This month's challenge is all about sustainable projects From the Kitchen! This is the pin that inspired me.

 I loved my pretty, speckled purple fry pan! It was part of a seventeen piece set that I purchased at a Paula Deen store while on vacation in Myrtle beach a number of years ago!

But the non-stick Teflon began to bubble and then peel and no longer safe to use. I'm not sure if my recycling center would take it because of the many materials it is made of - especially the non-stick coating. That would have to be removed first before dismantling the pan for recycling. And special equipment is required to do that!
So instead of throwing it in the trash and ending up in a landfill destined to waste away - probably taking more than most lifetimes to do, plus causing lots of environmental problems, I  decided to upcycle my favorite fry pan by decoupaging it, and then decorating it with handmade soda can flowers! Resulting in a pretty decorative kitchen item - perfect in any kitchen decor - especially mine, lol!  
Materials used:
  • Fry pan
  • De-greaser/alcohol
  • Chalk paint/sponge/brush
  • Paper/pencil/scissors for template
  • Decorative napkins
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Washi tape
  • Aluminum can flowers and leaves
  • Utility knife/craft knife
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Faux leather ribbon
Let's begin by cleaning the fry pan with a de-greaser or wipe down with alcohol after cleaning with dish detergent and water to remove grease and cook-on stains. Next, apply chalk paint to bottom and sides. Two or three coats are needed! Let dry.

The handle was in excellent condition and left untouched. It's a beautiful shade of purple! 
The bottom of the pan had a clearly defined round area to decoupage so a paper template was made using a pencil to draw around the area .  .  .
and then used to draw on and cut-out a decorative napkin to decoupage.
Once the napkin was cut-out, the white layers of the napkin were separated from the print backing.
Next, the printed napkin needed to be glued down in small sections since it is thin, delicate and easily tears when wet with mod podge. To do this, position the printed portion of napkin on the pan and lift up an end side to lightly apply mod podge over a small area of the pan. Carefully, replace napkin on the decoupage glue and lightly pat the napkin down smoothing out as you pat.
Continue applying mod podge in small sections and smoothing napkin out .  .  .
until the entire napkin is applied to pan. Let dry. Then apply a top layer of mod podge over the napkin to seal once it's completely dry. 
I couldn't decide how to decorate the side of the pan - whether to paint stripes or dots, etc. But took the easy way by using an old roll of washi tape that I found in my stash to apply strips along the pan side.
Sorry about the lighting - different times of day affects the coloring.
Amazingly, the colors and design of the washi tape match perfectly with the decoupage napkin.
Next, I wanted to add dimension to the pan by using a couple of leftover aluminum can flowers and leaves I had made previously. You can find the tutorial here.

And finally, toping the pan below the handle with a handmade leather-like bow!
How cute is this!

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Beaded Heart Shaped Hanger Wreath

Don't you just love the look of fabulous beaded crystals in decor? Like special decorative items around your home enhanced with crystals and gems! I know I do! Who doesn't love a little sparkle, here and there! And it doesn't matter what your style is, either. Elegant, classic, rustic, modern, farmhouse, chic, or glamorous - it will surely fit in! Just imagine a wire clothes hanger turned into a pretty sparkling heart? 

Besides, it's is a great upcycle craft using a wire coat hanger and lots of beads and crystals from my stash! And the best part, it's so easy to make! 

Join us for our very first Do It Over Designers Blog Hop of 2022! 'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!
Psst! Here's how to make a Beaded Heart Shaped Hanger Wreath:

You will need:
  • Wire Clothes Hanger
  • Wire Cutters (heavy duty)
  • Assorted clear beads, crystal rocks and fillers
  • Hot Glue Gun/glue sticks
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic bowl
  • Decorative ribbon for hanging
To make the wire clothes hanger into a heart .  .  .
start by pulling the middle of the bottom wire of the hanger straight down into a 'V' shape.
Then take the top sides of the hanger and begin shaping into a round circle .  .  .
while bending the hanger hook portion down  towards the center.
Continue to bend and manipulate the wire into a heart shape using your fingers -
by straightening the top wire portions to form a circle .  .  .
curving the wire on each side .  .  .

into half circle shapes .  .  .
just like a heart!

Continue smoothing out the wire sides with your hands .  .  .
then use heavy duty wire cutters to remove the wire hook.

How cool does this handmade wire clothes hanger heart look!
Now it's time to decorate the wire heart by first mixing small crystal filler beads, small crystal rocks, seed bead rod crystals and tiny pearls together and .  .  .
beginning at the center extended twisted wire, apply hot glue in increments of 1 to 2 inches along wire. 
Quickly drop a mixture of crystals on top of glue and squeeze beads and wire together.   Caution - the glue and beads together will be hot, hot, hot!
So use a piece of parchment paper to help hold the beads together on the wire until the hot glue cools off and dries.

Continue adding the hot glue in increments along the wire and adding the beads - holding in place around the wire with parchment paper.
I found it much easier to use a large bowl to catch the beads while using the parchment paper to squeeze the beads onto the wire. Otherwise, the beads were flying everywhere!

Continue moving around the heart shaped wire, adding glue, holding parchment paper under, dumping beads on the glue and squeezing it all together! 

Once you've finished adding beads around the heart shaped wire, check any areas that may be missing beads and add more, especially on the backside.
Add a pretty fabric hanger by folding an 18" piece of decorative ribbon together, tying the ends in a knot. Apply glue to the center heart drop and press the knot onto the glue. Add more glue to the knot and secure with additional beads to cover the knot.  Use parchment paper to press the beads and knot down to secure in place. 
Have fun with this in your Valentine decor!

Be sure to check out all of the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Southern Sunflowers

Interior Frugalista

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Cloches & Lavender

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

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